Have you ever been sitting in your living room or around the kitchen table and the conversation turns to a book you’ve recently read? Have you heard children trying to talk over each other as they excitedly tell you their favorite part? Or have you ever been talking about something completely different and have a child make reference to a book and only your family knows what they are talking about? Reading aloud is an excellent way to strengthen the family. (Keep reading to see how to get a free audio books!)
creating family culture
When we do things together with our children, we create a family culture. Around here, we have our own phrases, idioms, references, and jokes. These come from spending time together, reading books aloud, and watching movies together. We have our own Team Southerland-isms and it is fun! I love when those outside our family start using some of our phrases. It means they have spent time with us. They are our people.
Strengthen the Family
Reading aloud to my children is something I have done their whole lives. We have read thousands of pages and we have so many memories. I’m no longer surprised when one of my children mentions a book we’ve read together and uses the lessons we’ve learned and applies it to a current situation.
for good or for evil
Stories are powerful! Jesus used stories and parables frequently. It is a wonderful way to instill values, morals, and a sense of right and wrong. It can be used in the opposite way as well. It is vitally important that we wisely choose the books we read to our children. We take them into another world when we read to them. Is it a good world or an evil one?
how to choose quaility books
We have a pretty simple criteria for books in our family.
- Does the story honor and glorify Jesus Christ in its message?
- Is the story interesting and hold everyone’s attention?
That’s pretty much it.
Is every book we read a “Christian” book? No. It isn’t. Are the characters disrespectful, rude, mean, or do immoral things? Sometimes. But we choose not to read books were there are no consequences for those behaviors. We also choose not to read books that portray those traits as normal or positive.
Reading as a Means of Educating
Much of the education of our children is through stories. Notice I didn’t say textbooks. Stories touch the heart and leave lasting impressions. History is one of my favorite subjects to teach through reading. As we have continued to search out books that hold our attention and have a message that honors the Lord, we have found one company we return to over and over again.
Books that Leave the Kids Begging for More
Many, many years ago we came across a company called Character Concepts. When our oldest were tiny, we used Proverbs People 1 & 2 and my kids LOVED it! I have to admit, I loved it too. As the years went by, we stumbled across another book called For You They Signed. We didn’t know that it was written by Marilyn Boyer but when we saw that, we knew it would be great. If you have ever been a student in one of our Constitution Classes, you know we talk about this book. We love it so much that we bought 6 copies- one for each of our children’s personal libraries. If the children beg to read “Just one more chapter”, I know that book is a winner. We have found this happening multiple times with many of the books by Rick & Marilyn Boyer.
Our Latest Favorite Read Aloud
We are almost finished reading Profiles of Valor- Character Studies from the War of Independence. We all love this book! We have met brave, courageous, valiant men and women who behaved honorably and made a difference in the forming of America. We also met some of the shady characters in our history and saw the consequences of those actions. In our series about the “R.E.C.I.P.E.” for saving America, one “E” in the acrostic was for “Encourage”. In our article, “Encourage Each Other in the Truth“, we talked about the importance of telling the stories of America’s past. We talked about how encouraging it is to share the stories of those who stood up for what is right – especially during times of trial. Profiles of Valor is one of our favorite books for sharing stories like that from America’s amazing history.
Uncle Rick’s Audio Book Club
Sometimes it’s hard to find time to sit down and read aloud. And every once in a while, Mama likes a break from reading. 🙂 Enter- an audio book club. A couple months ago, our family joined Uncle Rick’s Audio Book Club, by Rick & Marilyn Boyer. Since we were already familiar with the company and the amazing books they write, we knew we would enjoy this audio book club. Each month, the boys get to choose 2 new audio books! It’s so much fun as they pour over the hundreds of selections. Scripture, History, Adventure stories, Historical Fiction, and Character are some of the categories of audio books that are offered.
Uncle Rick Audio Book Details
- The Uncle Rick Audio Book Club brings the best selection of KID-SAFE audiobooks you’ll find anywhere, in a monthly audio club subscription.
- When your family joins Uncle Rick’s audio book club, you will download two Uncle Rick audio books of your choice each month for only $10. That’s two great audio books for LESS than the price of one—$30 worth of great audios for only $10! What a bargain!
- But there’s more—much more. In addition, you will receive a 20% DISCOUNT on every purchase you make from Character Concepts for as long as you’re a member of the Uncle Rick Audio Book Club. It’s like enjoying a 20% OFF sale all year long!
Free Audio Book for Patriot’s Hope Readers
Rick & Marilyn Boyer have graciously offered a coupon code for a copy of the audio books Jefferson’s Masterpiece and The Signing of the Declaration of Independence. Just click the link and add the book to your cart. Use the coupon code: patriots22 and the book will be free. Coupon expires July 15, 2022. For more freebies, check out our Resources page. We love creating things for our readers.
Join the Club
Click here to learn more about Uncle Rick’s Audio Book Club. Go look around and see all the great options. Don’t forget that members of the Audio Book Club also receive 20% off every purchase in the Character Concepts store!
Read aloud and make some memories
Take some time to strengthen the family through reading aloud. I know many of our readers already do this. Be Encouraged with great stories from our national history as you seek to follow the Recipe to save America! Drop us a comment and let us know your favorite read alouds, and we’d love to also hear what you think of your free audio books!.